Dave Mckee

Winemaker

Dave has been involved in the Hawke’s Bay wine industry since 1991 when he took up his first position as Oenologist at Church Road while also managing his own vineyard.

At EIT, he completed a Diploma in Grape Growing and Winemaking with distinction and is one of the few New Zealand winemakers to complete the Advanced Sensory Course at the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Dave has been the winemaker and viticulturist at Black Barn since 2001 and consults to several smaller vineyards and wineries. Black Barn is at the forefront of growing alternative grape varieties, including Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Arneis, and has collected numerous awards and accolades in wine shows and media. 

Dave is a senior wine judge at the Bragato Wine Awards, The Royal Easter Wine Show, New Zealand International Wine Show, and the Hawke's Bay A&P Wine Awards. He is also an associate judge at the Air New Zealand Wine Show.

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